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Hillary Clinton Wins Award From Gay Dating App

| by Edward Arnold
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Hilary Clinton has been named Grindr's “Straight Ally of the Year.” Grindr, the leading gay hookup app, launched in 2009 and has more than 5 million male users.

CNN reports that Clinton's team has not responded to their request for a comment but acknowledges that she would likely welcome the positive reaction from the app's users.

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The award from the gay community might seem confusing to some who think that Clinton has been political regarding her position on gay marriage.

In an NPR interview, Clinton was quoted as saying, “I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons.”

The Daily Beast wrote that the LGBT community should be wary of Clinton's past, as it was her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who signed laws banning the federal recognition of gay marriage and restricted gay people from serving openly in the armed forces. 

Yet Hillary Clinton remains a highly regarded figure in the gay community.

“We feel this incredible attachment to her,” said Fred Sainz, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign. "In spite of tremendous challenges, she’s persisted. And that’s a quality that LGBT people identify with."

What matters is where she stands now, not how long it took her to get there.

Hillary did not publicly support gay marriage until last year and believes marriage should be left up to the states to decide. Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

A recent Gallup poll recorded an all-time high of same-sex marriage support, showing that 55 percent of Americans and nearly 80 percent of young adults favor gay marriage.

The Washington Post reported that Hillary is expected to announce her presidential campaign in the Spring of 2015.

Sources: CNN, Daily Beast, Gallup, Washington Post / Photo Credit: Daily Beast